Workshops to address topics in foreign language teaching and learning

September 04, 2009

During fall and spring of 2009-10, the Center for Language Acquisition (CLA) and the Center for Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER) will be offering a series of workshops to address current issues and topics in foreign language teaching and learning.

Those who are interested are invited to attend the workshop titled "Understanding and Applying the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning" from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 17 in room 124 of the Ag Engineering Building near the Palmer Museum of Art.

The workshop is designed for current and future language educators and will provide an overview of the National Foreign Language Standards and their relevance and importance to classroom teaching, curriculum design, program articulation and preparation for the job market.

It will address the following questions:

  • What are the national standards for foreign language learning?
  • What (and why) do language educators need to know about the standards?
  • How do the standards impact the way foreign languages are taught?
  • What classroom activities for specific languages are proposed in the standards?
  • How can ‘backward design’ be used to create foreign language curricula and course assignments from the standards?

The workshops are free and open to the public. For updates, please visit the CLA Web site at online. For further information, please e-mail Meredith Doran at

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